A (sometimes) weekly feature in which I share new books I added to my TBR.
So school’s back in session and I can already see that this semester is gonna be super exciting. If pain and tears are exciting, that is (I am being overly dramatic). There’s gonna be a lot less free time to read, which is sad since my reading year has been going fantastically. So since I am not gonna be reading, I’ll just be adding to my TBR and staring at the books longingly. So to celebrate that, here’s some new books I added to my TBR. They all sound great.
1. Brass by Xhenet Aliu
Why I added it: Brass is a multilayered story and that really intrigues me. On one hand, we follow Elsie who is working as a waitress when she meets Bashkim, an Albanian immigrant and falls in love with and gets pregnant. She has to deal with the fact that Bashkim left a wife when he came to USA and the fact that she doesn’t know where his heart lies. And then we follow her daughter 17 years later and her life. It’s a story about the complex relationship between a mother and a daughter, but also immigration and the realities of the American dream. It sounds really gritty and I am excited to read it.
2. Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
Why I added it: Well, mostly because there’s “small towns” right there in the title. You know I am partial to that. And then this focuses on a group of friends in a small town, which again is the perfect premise for me. The book supposedly explores sexual orientation, gender, love, all sort of stuff basically. So I think I am gonna love it a lot. And I like the cover, so…
3. The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
Why I added it: Because of that cover. And let’s be real, we’re all gonna add it based on that cover alone. I was transfixed by the cover and I tweeted about it (it’s my most popular tweet ever), so I had to add it to my TBR. Only after that did I see that this is actually a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid. So feminism + mermaids + a cover to stare at. The perfect deal.
4. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Why I added it: I just got this one and I am pretty excited about it. It has a really vague synopsis that states that it follows a girl for six decades after an event that brings her into a world she couldn’t have imagined. I always wanted to read a David Mitchell book and I have been eyeing this one for the longest time, so I am excited to get to it.
5. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Why I added it: There’s a lot of things that draw me to this book. It’s one of the biggest releases of the year, with a lot of buzz around it. It’s Oprah’s Book Club pick. Moreover, this just sounds like the perfect book for me. It explores the relationship between two people, Celestial and Roy, who are a newlywed couple whose lives get overturned when Roy gets arrested. He goes to prison for 5 years and then comes back to resume their life, but it seems to me like that’s not gonna happen. You know I love a good exploration of relationship dynamics, so I am incredibly excited to get to this one, hopefully some time soon.
And those are all the new books I added to my TBR! As always, I’d love to hear about new books you’ve discovered and added to your TBRs!
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